About Kungsholmen

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The history of Kungsholmen

Connect Hotel City is situated on Kungsholmen, one of Stockholm’s fourteen islands, surrounded by straits and channels. This island is in turn subdivided into the five quarters of Kungsholmen, Marieberg, Fredhäll, Kristineberg and Stadshagen. The two Essinge islands also belong to Kungsholmen.

In the 15th century, Kungsholmen was a rural setting with a Franciscan monastery. The monks from the monastery were primarily involved in agriculture. During the Protestant Reformation, the island became property of the Crown and building development began. Today, street names hint to all the different kinds of craftsmen who have lived and worked on the island.

The area

Kungsholmen is a popular district in Stockholm with a mix of residential areas, parks, shops and historical buildings. The modern shopping centre Västermalmsgallerian which houses a number of well-known shops is situated near the Connect Hotel City.

The area also has many grocery stores, salons, nice little shops and restaurants and cafés. Kungsholmen is famous for its beautiful promenades; a walk along Norr Mälarstrand from the park Rålambshovsparken towards the Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset) can definitely be recommended!

In the summer, cosy restaurants and nice bars line the waterfront and are enjoyed by Stockholmers and tourists alike. The park Rålambshovsparken is a nice place for a game of boule, a meal and a swim in Riddarfjärden bay. 

Bay view over the pier Norr Mälarstrand with steam boats apartm
An image of the famous city hall of Stockholm

The Stockholm City Hall

You could also take a walk along Kungsholms strand– situated only a few minutes from Alströmergatan– towards Pampas Marina. In the summer, you will find little cafés along the waterfront, and a restaurant at the marina.

The Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset) is situated in Upper Kungsholmen near the inner city. Guided tours of the City Hall take place daily. You can enjoy the amazing view of Stockholm from the tower and see where the Nobel Prize festivities are held. By the City Hall, right near the bridge Stadshusbron, beautiful old boats are moored. These boats will carry you out into the Stockholm archipelago and stop at one of the 30.000 islands.

If you wish to visit other parts of Stockholm, the very heart of the city is but a 12-minute walk away, just a few minutes by subway. The subway stop closest to the hotel is called Fridhemsplan and is situated on the blue line and the green line.